Launching what can only be described as big, loud and badass, Kiss and Motley Crue are teaming up for a nationwide summer tour, their first since 1982 when the Crue were babies breaking out the debut, Too Fast For Love. They grow so fast.
The legendary acts will play over 40 arena-size venues kicking off July 20 in Bristow, VA working their way west hitting Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Aug. 14 and Concord’s Sleep Train Pavilion Aug. 16. The tour wraps up in Hartford, CT Sept. 23.
The Tour of 2012, promoted by Live Nation, will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
It’s no pissing contest but both bands have sold its share of albums – combined sales reaching nearly 200 million. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, expect impressive lighting and sound production with over-the-top pyrotechnics. With Kiss and Crue it’s never a question of lip-syncing but whether fire fighters are near by. Just in case.
New album, Monster is expected from the Kiss camp in June. Their lineup consists of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Motley Crue. We love the fact that they’re alive, on speaking terms and all original members (Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee) still tour together. Clearly not such an easy feat in rock and roll these day – see Kiss, Black Sabbath, Van Halen (still holding it together), Guns & Roses, etc. If it were up to Tommy Lee, the band would be releasing singles right now as he told MusicRadar.com.
“My attitude is, why not make a four-song EP with absolute bangers on them? I think it makes perfect sense. If you look at the charts and the statistics, it’ll show you that people don’t buy albums anymore, they buy singles. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. I’ve mentioned it to Nikki [Sixx]. We haven’t come to any kind of decision on what to do, but he knows my feelings and where I stand on the matter.
“So much of the time bands take a year or two before they put anything out. It’s like, ‘Jesus Christ, guys! I thought you all broke up by now.’ I’m sick of all that. Let’s do two four-song EPs a year. To me, that’s a winning proposition. The days of making those big, drawn-out albums are over.”
The Crue recently made history when they wrapped up a sold-out residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Their autobiography “The Dirt” is being adopted into a major motion picture.
Kiss and Motley Crue Tour Dates
Jul 20: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 21: Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Jul 22: Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Jul 24: Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 25: Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 27: West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul 28: Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Jul 31: Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug 3: Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 4: Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavillion
Aug 7: Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
Aug 8: Englewood, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Aug 10: Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Aug 11: Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Arts Center
Aug 12: Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 14: Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 16: Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Aug 18: Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Aug 19: Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
Aug 24: Grand Junction, CO – Rock Jam
Aug 26: Tulsa, OK – BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)
Aug 27: Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 29: Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)
Aug 31: Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend MusicCenter
Sep 1: Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Sep 2: Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagra Pavilion
Sep 4: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sep 5: Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 7: Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 8: East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sep 11: Allegan, MI – Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)
Sep 12: Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sep 13: Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 15: Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep 16: Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
Sep 18: Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 19: Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Sep 21: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 22: Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 23: Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre